Beymen Club and I are having a night in the city.
There are thousands of restaurants and bars in Los Angeles, but a select few stand out because of their unique experiences. One of my favorite restaurants, that has become dear to my heart for its special memories, is A Food Affair. The warm, romantic atmosphere transports you to a charming neighborhood bistro in the South of France and the owners treat you like their own family. Needless to say, their French American cuisine is of time well spent in the kitchen and tastes like love is the special ingredient. Thanks to their generous no corkage fee (which is truly rare in LA), a couple of bottles of wine go easy with their delicious meal for a fun dinner party.
After dinner, I like to scope the rooftop at the Ace Hotel, a trendy spot for good drinks and good views of Downtown LA. Even in the dead of winter, it’s warm enough to hang out under the night sky, watching the colorful lights of skyscrapers rather than the stars. The mezzanine by the lobby is a dim, quiet retreat for deeper conservations over complicated cocktails and its mainstay restaurant LA Chapter is a hip scene for after-work drinks and appetizers.
I’m a big fan of speakeasy style bars because of its secretive and upscale thrill and one that is just a dangerously short walk from home is Lock and Key – its blank, unassuming exterior is easy to miss, except for an illuminated neon key. Once you get through their plain black entrance, you find yourself in a second room surrounded by doorknobs in an Alice in Wonderland scenario, and you have to figure out which knob opens the door. Crack the puzzle and you step into an elegant bar with top-notch cocktails and tunes. It’s a memorable, low-key destination to finish the night.
Another bar lounge that is worthy of checking out is The Edison in Downtown LA. It’s not a true speakeasy, but The Edison borrows its 1920’s theme and converts an old power plant into a luxurious venue for an entertaining nightcap.